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23 Dec 2017 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions & [Tikdams]

Dear student,

One of these questions would have application of Tikdams. Tikdams are smart hacks which help you arrive at the right answer with basic knowledge. Broadly speaking, there are 2 types:

  1. Elimination Tikdams: Extrapolate your basic knowledge to eliminate options which appear out of context. Zero down on 2 choices and then mark the question as per your risk appetite
  2. Estimation Tikdams: Read the question well and work out the answer from within the options – Most of the times UPSC plays with words or embeds clues within the question. A smart aspirant figures them out!

With strong basics and regular practice, you will be able to arrive at a very robust Tikdam framework of your own. To know more, read about this technique here, IAS 2016 by Dr. V & Tikdams 

Note: Please comment your responses to questions in the comment section. It will help you in assessing yourself.


Q.1) Which of the following organisation has recently released the ‘State of the World’s Children Report’?
a) UNICEF
b) Save the Children
c) World Bank
d) International Falcon Movement Watchlist
Inspired by: Click2read

Q.2) With reference to the ‘National Clean Energy Fund (NCEF)’, consider the following statements:
1. The Fund is designed as a non lapsable fund under Public Accounts.
2. It was formed for funding research and innovative projects in clean energy technologies of public sector or private sector entities.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) Neither 1 nor 2
b) 1 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) 2 only
Inspired by: [op-ed snap] The state is writing cheques it can’t cash

Q.3) Consider the following statements:
1. The Comptroller and Auditor General of India can be removed by an address from both the Houses of the Parliament only.
2. The CAG of India has no control over the issue of money from the consolidated fun of India.
Which of the following options is correct?
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2
Inspired by: [op-ed snap] The state is writing cheques it can’t cash

Q.4) Which of the following rivers are the tributaries of Brahmaputra River?
1. Kameng
2. Manas
3. Tizu
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 2 and 3 only
b) 1, 2 and 3
c) 1 and 3 only
d) 1 and 2 only

Q.5) Consider the following:
1. UN General Assembly
2. European Union
3. Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
4. Commonwealth of Independent States
5. Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.
In which of the above SCO holds observer status ?
a) 1 and 2 only
b) 1, 3 and 5
c) 1, 2 and 3
d) All of the above

Q.6) Which of the following can be said to be essentially the parts of ‘Inclusive Governance’?
1. Permitting the Non­Banking Financial Companies to do banking
2. Establishing effective District Planning Committees in all the districts
3. Increasing the government spending on public health
4. Strengthening the Mid­day Meal Scheme
Select the correct answer using the codes given below:
a) 1 and 2 only
b) 3 and 4 only
c) 2,3 and 4 only
d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

Q.7) The Nagara, the Dravida and the Vesara are the
a) three main racial groups of the Indian subcontinent.
b) Three main linguistic divisions in to which the languages of India can be classified
c) three main styles of Indian temple architecture
d) three main musical Gharanas prevalent in India

Q.8) The congress ministries resigned in the seven provinces in 1939, because
a) The Congress could not form ministries in the other four provinces
b) emergence of a ‘left wing’ in the Congress made the working of the ministries impossible
c) there wee widespread communal disturbances in their provinces.
d) None of the statements given below is correct.


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High Five With Tikdam

Hello everyone,

We have been hammering on importance of logical thinking and art of tikdam along with sound preparation as essential ingredients of recipe to clear prelims examination for quite some time now. The flagship prelims test series is based on the same principles so is our prelims daily initiative.

Prelims is just 162 days away now and your preparation should be at full swing now. We are with you in your quest to clear prelims and to ensure that we leave no stone unturned, here are high five questions from prelims 2016 which you can solve with your knowledge, logical thinking and tikdam.

Please write your thought process/ method you applied to solve the question with the answers. We will get back to you as to how you can further refine your answer deriving capabilities. 

Please fill the samanvaya form if you have any difficulty in applying the tikdams and join the test series for more practice and one on one interaction with mentors which will help you get better in answering prelims questions and scoring 120 plus marks in CSE Prelims 2018.

 

1. Regarding ‘Atal Pension Yojana’, which of the following statements is/are correct?

  1. It is a minimum guaranteed pension scheme mainly targeted at unorganized sector workers.
  2. Only one member of a family can join the scheme.
  3. Same amount of pension is guaranteed for the spouse for life after subscriber’s death.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

  • a) 1 only
  • b) 2 and 3 only
  • c) 1 and 3 only
  • d) 1, 2 and 3

 

2. In the cities of our country, which among the following atmospheric gases are normally considered in calculating the value of Air Quality Index?

  1. Carbon dioxide
  2.  Carbon monoxide
  3. Nitrogen dioxide
  4. Sulfur dioxide
  5. Methane

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

a) 1, 2 and 3 only

b) 2, 3 and 4 only

c) 1, 4 and 5 only

d) 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

 

3. Which one of the following books of ancient India has the love story of the son of the founder of Sunga dynasty?

a) Swapnavasavadatta

b) Malavikagnimitra

c) Meghadoota

d) Ratnavali

 

4. The FAO accords the status of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS) to traditional agricultural systems. What is the overall goal of this initiative?

1. To provide modern technology, training in modern farming methods and financial support to local communities of identified GIAHS so as to greatly enhance their agricultural productivity.

2. To identify and safeguard eco-friendly traditional farm practices and their associated landscapes, agricultural biodiversity and knowledge systems of the local communities

3. The provide Geographical Indication status to all the varieties of agricultural produce in such identifies GIAHS

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

a) 1 and 3 only

b) 2 only

c) 2 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

 

5. Which one of the following is the best description of  INS Astradharini, that was in the news recently?

a) Amphibious warfare ship

b) Nuclear-powered submarine

c) Torpedo launch and recovery vessel

d) Nuclear-powered aircraft carrier

 

Dr. Vipin Garg is a medical doctor by training, economist by passion and an IAS (rank 20) officer by profession. He is one of the founding members of Civilsdaily and pioneered the concept of Tikdams (Smart Hacks) for IAS Prelims which form the bedrock of Civilsdaily’s Flagship Prelims Test Series.

 

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22 Dec 2017 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions & [Tikdams]

Dear student,

One of these questions would have application of Tikdams. Tikdams are smart hacks which help you arrive at the right answer with basic knowledge. Broadly speaking, there are 2 types:

  1. Elimination Tikdams: Extrapolate your basic knowledge to eliminate options which appear out of context. Zero down on 2 choices and then mark the question as per your risk appetite
  2. Estimation Tikdams: Read the question well and work out the answer from within the options – Most of the times UPSC plays with words or embeds clues within the question. A smart aspirant figures them out!

With strong basics and regular practice, you will be able to arrive at a very robust Tikdam framework of your own. To know more, read about this technique here, IAS 2016 by Dr. V & Tikdams 

Note: Please comment your responses to questions in the comment section. It will help you in assessing yourself.


Q.1) With reference to the ‘Deepor Beel’, recently seen in news, which of the following statements is/are correct?
1. It is a Ramsar Site.
2. It is a part of a wildlife sanctuary.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) Both 1 and 2
b) Neither 1 nor 2
c) 2 only
d) 1 only
Inspired by: [op-ed snap] Reconsider the Rules

Q.2) According to the concept of ‘Impossible Trinity’ in economics which of the following are impossible to have at the same time(in an economy)?
1. a fixed foreign exchange rate
2. free capital movement
3. an independent monetary policy
4. a controlled fiscal deficit
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 2, 3 and 4 only
b) 1, 2 and 3 only
c) 1, 2 and 4 only
d) 2, 3 and 4 only
Inspired by: [op-ed snap] An impossible fiscal trinity for Arun Jaitley

Q.3) With reference to the ‘Hamesha Vijayee’ exercise, recently seen in news, consider the following statements:
1. It was a joint military exercise between India and Sri Lanka.
2. Indian Air Force also part in it, other than Indian Army.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) 1 only
b) Both 1 and 2
c) Neither 1 nor 2
d) 2 only
Inspired by: Army-Air Force conduct exercise to gauge offensive capabilities in Southern theatre

Q.4) With reference to the ‘World Meteorological Organization (WMO)’ which of the following statements is/are correct?
1. Its supreme body is the World Meteorological Congress.
2. It is a specialised agency of the United Nations.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q.5) Arrange the following places from north to south direction.
1. Tashkent
2. Ashgabat
3. Astana
4. Kabul
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1-3-2-4
b) 3-1-2-4
c) 3-2-1-4
d) 4-2-1-3

Q.6) Electrically charged particles from space travelling at speeds of several hundred km/sec can severely harm living beings if they reach the surface of the earth. What prevents them from reaching the surface of the earth?
a) The Earth’s magnetic field diverts them toward its poles
b) Ozone layer around the Earth reflects them back to outer space
c) Moister in the upper layers of atmosphere prevents them from reaching the surface of the Earth
d) None of the statements is correct.

Q.7) With reference to the scientific progress of ancient India which of the statements given below are correct?
1. Different kinds of specialised surgical instruments were in common use by 1st century AD.
2. Transplant of internal organs in the human body had begun by the beginning of 3rd century AD.
3. The concept of sine of an angle was known in 5thcentury AD.
4. The concept of cyclic quadrilateral was known in 7thcentury AD.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below:
a) 1 and 2 only
b) 3 and 4 only
c) 1, 3 and 4 only
d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

Q.8) With reference to the history of ancient India, which of the following was/were common to both Buddhism and Jainism?
1. Avoidance of extremities of penance and enjoyment
2. Indifference to the authority of the Vedas
3. Denial of efficacy of rituals
Select the correct answers using the codes given below:
a) 1 only
b) 2 and 3 only
c) 1 and 3 only
d) 1, 2 and 3


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21 Dec 2017 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions & [Tikdams]

Dear student,

One of these questions would have application of Tikdams. Tikdams are smart hacks which help you arrive at the right answer with basic knowledge. Broadly speaking, there are 2 types:

  1. Elimination Tikdams: Extrapolate your basic knowledge to eliminate options which appear out of context. Zero down on 2 choices and then mark the question as per your risk appetite
  2. Estimation Tikdams: Read the question well and work out the answer from within the options – Most of the times UPSC plays with words or embeds clues within the question. A smart aspirant figures them out!

With strong basics and regular practice, you will be able to arrive at a very robust Tikdam framework of your own. To know more, read about this technique here, IAS 2016 by Dr. V & Tikdams 

Note: Please comment your responses to questions in the comment section. It will help you in assessing yourself.


Q.1) Which of the following countries are members of both the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the North American Free Trade Agreement?

1. Mexico

2. Canada

3. USA

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1, 2 and 3

d) 1 and 3 only

Inspired by: [op-ed snap] The decline of the WTO

Q.2) BSF is a border guarding force in which of the following borders of India

1.Bangladesh

2.Myanmar

3.Pakistan

4.Nepal

Select the correct code:

a)    1,3 and 4

b)    1 and 3

c)    All of the above

d)    1,2 and 3

Inspired by: 230% increase in ceasefire violations’

Q.3) Which of the following combat wings/regiments are there in the ‘Border Security Force (BSF)’?

1. Air wing,

2. Marine wing

3. Artillery regiments

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

a) 1, 2 and 3

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 2 only

d) 1 and 3 only

Inspired by: ‘230% increase in ceasefire violations’

Q.4) The e-way bill system under the GST regime is made to track

1. Inter-City trade

2. Inter-State trade

3. Intra-State trade

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

a) 1, 2 and 3

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 2 only

d) 1 and 3 only

Inspired by: [op-ed snap] Transit gambit

Q.5) With reference to the IIM Bill, 2017 which of the following statements is/are correct?

1. The Bill allows students to acquire doctoral degrees from the IIMs.

2. The Bill confers on the 20 IIMs the status of institutions of national importance.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

a) Both 1 and 2

b) Neither 1 nor 2

c) 1 only

d) 2 only

Inspired by: Parliament gives nod to IIM Bill

Q.6) With reference to ‘stem cells’, frequently in the news which of the following statements is/are correct?

1. Stem cells can be derived from mammals only.

2. Stem cells can be used for screening new drugs.

3. Stem cells can be used for medical therapies.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) 1 and 2

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

Q.7) Chlorofluorocarbons, known as ozone depleting substances are used

1. In the production of plastic foams

2. in the production of tubeless tyres

3. In cleaning certain electronic components

4. As pressurizing agents in aerosol cans

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 1,2 and 3 only

b) 4 only

c) 1, 3 and 4 only

d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

Q.8) Which of the following is/are cited by the scientists as evidence/evidences for the continued expansion of universe?

1. Detection of microwaves in space

2. Observation of redshirt phenomenon in space

3. Movement of asteroids in space

4. Occurrence of supernova explosions in space code

Select the correct answer:

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 only

c) 1 ,3 and 4

d) None of the above can be cited as evidence.

 


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20 Dec 2017 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions & [Tikdams]

Dear student,

One of these questions would have application of Tikdams. Tikdams are smart hacks which help you arrive at the right answer with basic knowledge. Broadly speaking, there are 2 types:

  1. Elimination Tikdams: Extrapolate your basic knowledge to eliminate options which appear out of context. Zero down on 2 choices and then mark the question as per your risk appetite
  2. Estimation Tikdams: Read the question well and work out the answer from within the options – Most of the times UPSC plays with words or embeds clues within the question. A smart aspirant figures them out!

With strong basics and regular practice, you will be able to arrive at a very robust Tikdam framework of your own. To know more, read about this technique here, IAS 2016 by Dr. V & Tikdams 

Note: Please comment your responses to questions in the comment section. It will help you in assessing yourself.


Q.1) Which of the following are the principles of ‘Panchseel Agreement’?

1. Mutual respect for each other’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.

2. Mutual non-aggression.

3. Mutual non-interference in each other’s internal affairs.

4. Economic integration.

5. Peaceful co-existence.

Select the correct option using the codes given below.

a) 1, 2 and 4 only

b)1,2,3 and 5

c) All of the above

d) 1, 3, 4 and 5 only

Inspired by: [op-ed snap] Raja Mandala: India and China — Rebuild the trust

Tikdam:

There is no economic angle in Panchsheel. All the principles of Panchsheel are related to peace and national security. Once we use this logic we can easily solve this question. Economic integration cannot be part of Panchsheel once we eliminate that we will automatically get the answer without even knowing other 4 statements.

Q.2) The ‘Peace clause’, sometimes seen in news, is related to which of the following organisation?

a) WTO

b) United Nations Security Council

c) SAARC

d) NATO

Inspired by: Food security: time to move to cash transfers

Q.3) Consider the following statement about Ransomware:

1. It is a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid.

2. The ransom demanded in each instance is to be paid in only dollars.

Which of the following statement is/are correct?

a)    Only 1

b)    Only 2

c)    Both1 and 2

d)    Neither 1 nor 2

Inspired by: [Op-ed snap For a safe cyberspace]

Q.4) With reference to the ‘National Clean Air Programme (NCAP)’ which of the following are its objectives?

1. to augment and evolve an effective ambient air quality monitoring network across the country

2. to ensure a comprehensive management plan for prevention, control, and abatement of air pollution

3. to focus on a collaborative and participatory approach comprising all sources of pollution and coordination between relevant central ministries, state governments, local bodies and other stakeholders.

Select the correct option using the codes given below.

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 1 and 3 only

c) 2 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

Inspired by: Centre formulates plan to tackle air pollution across the country

Q.5) With reference to the ‘Indian Forest (Amendment) Bill, 2017’ which of the following statements is/are correct?

1. It would amend the Indian Forest Act to exempt transportation of bamboo grown in non-forest areas from the state permit.

2. It would omit bamboos growing in non-forest areas from the definition of trees.

Select the correct option using the codes given below.

a) 2 only

b) Both 1 and 2

c) 1 only

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Inspired by: Bill to amend Indian Forest Act tabled in Lok Sabha

Q.6) What is the role of ultraviolet (UV) radiation in the water purification systems?

1. It inactivates/kills the harmful microorganisms in water.

2. It removes all the undesirable odours from the water.

3. It quickens the sedimentation of solid particles, removes turbidity and improves the clarity of water.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

Q.7) Graphene is frequently in news recently. What is its important?

1. It is a two­dimensional material and has good electrical conductivity.

2. It is one of the thinnest but strongest materials tested so far.

3. It is entirely made of silicon and has high optical transparency.

4. It can be used as ‘conducting electrodes’ requires for touch screens, LCD’s and organic LED’s

Which of the statements given above are correct?

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 3 and 4 only

c) 1,2 and only

d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

Q.8) Lead, ingested or inhaled, is a health hazard) After the addition of lead to petrol has been banned, what still are the sources of lead poisoning?

1. Smelting units

2. Pens pencils

3. Paints

4. Hair oils and cosmetics

select the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) 1, 2 and 3 only

b) 1 and 3 only

c) 2 and 4 only

d) 1, 2, 3 and 4


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19 Dec 2017 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions & [Tikdams]

Dear student,

One of these questions would have application of Tikdams. Tikdams are smart hacks which help you arrive at the right answer with basic knowledge. Broadly speaking, there are 2 types:

  1. Elimination Tikdams: Extrapolate your basic knowledge to eliminate options which appear out of context. Zero down on 2 choices and then mark the question as per your risk appetite
  2. Estimation Tikdams: Read the question well and work out the answer from within the options – Most of the times UPSC plays with words or embeds clues within the question. A smart aspirant figures them out!

With strong basics and regular practice, you will be able to arrive at a very robust Tikdam framework of your own. To know more, read about this technique here, IAS 2016 by Dr. V & Tikdams 

Note: Please comment your responses to questions in the comment section. It will help you in assessing yourself.


Q.1) Consider the following statement about UDAN scheme:

1. RCS is applicable on route length between 200-800 kilometers with lower limit set for only hilly, remote, island and security sensitive regions.

2.The business model of the scheme is based on Government subsidy and viability gap funding (VGF).

3. The fund for this scheme would come from a Regional Connectivity Fund (RCF) created by levying certain charges on certain flights. States will need to contribute around 20% to this fund.

Which of the following statement is/are correct?

a)   1 and 2

b)   1 and 3

c)   All of the above

d)   2 and 3

Inspired by: Ministry may face fund crunch for UDAN

Q.2) INGRAM portal, recenly seen in news, is related to

a) National Consumer Helpline (NCH)

b) UDAN Scheme

c) Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana

d) Annapurna Scheme

Inspired by: Click2read

Q.3) With reference to the ‘Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) scheme’, recently seen in news, consider the following statements:

1. It is launched in all States of India, except the State of Jammu and Kashmir.

2. Promotion of tourism is one of the objectives of the scheme.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) Both 1 and 2

b) 1 only

c) 2 only

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Inspired by: [pib] Cabinet approves continuation of NLCPR scheme for North East till March 2020

Q.4) Which of the following are the benefits of using ‘Neem Coated Urea’?

1. Neem coating leads to more gradual release of urea, helping plants gain more nutrient and resulting in higher yields.

2. Neem serves as a natural insecticide

3. Less contamination of underground water due to leaching of urea.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

a) 1, 2 and 3

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 2 only

d) 1 and 3 only

Inspired by: [op-ed snap] From Plate to Plough: For farmers, the next big idea

Q.5) With reference to the ‘Goods and Service Tax Network (or GSTN)’ which of the following statements is/are correct?

1. It is a non-government organisation.

2. one of its responsibility is to maintain all tax details of the GST.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

a) Both 1 and 2

b) 1 only

c) 2 only

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Inspired by: GSTN plans data scan to detect tax evasion

Q.6) Which of the following are included in the original jurisdiction of the Supreme Court?

1. Dispute between the Government of India and one or more States

2. A dispute regarding elections to either House of the parliament or that of Legislature of a State

3. A dispute between the Government of India and Union Territory

4. A disputes between two or more States.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) 1 and 2

b) 2 and 3

c) 1 and 4

d) 3 and 4

Q.7) Consider the following kinds of organisms:

1. Bacteria

2. fungi

3. flowering plants some species of which of the above kinds of organisms are employed as bio pesticides?

Select the correct answer:

a) 1 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

Q.8) Biomass gasification is considered to be one of the sustainable solutions to the power crisis in India) In this context which of the following statements correct?

1. Coconut shells, groundnut shells and rice husk can be used in biomass gasification

2. The combustible gases generated from biomass gasification consist of hydrogen and carbon dioxide only

3. The combustible gases generated from biomass gasification can be used for direct heat generation but not in internal combustion engines.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) 1 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

 


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18 Dec 2017 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions & [Tikdams]

Dear student,

One of these questions would have application of Tikdams. Tikdams are smart hacks which help you arrive at the right answer with basic knowledge. Broadly speaking, there are 2 types:

  1. Elimination Tikdams: Extrapolate your basic knowledge to eliminate options which appear out of context. Zero down on 2 choices and then mark the question as per your risk appetite
  2. Estimation Tikdams: Read the question well and work out the answer from within the options – Most of the times UPSC plays with words or embeds clues within the question. A smart aspirant figures them out!

With strong basics and regular practice, you will be able to arrive at a very robust Tikdam framework of your own. To know more, read about this technique here, IAS 2016 by Dr. V & Tikdams 

Note: Please comment your responses to questions in the comment section. It will help you in assessing yourself.


Q.1) With reference to the ‘ Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017’, consider the following statements:
1. Under the provisions in the Bill, a Muslim woman can seek custody of her minor children from the court.
2. It enables the woman to move court seeking “subsistence allowance” for herself and the children.
3. It bans polygamy for Muslim community.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) 1 and 2
b) All of the above
c) 2 and 3
d) 1 and 3
Inspired by: Cabinet gives nod to bill against instant triple talaq

Q.2) Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) has recently signed an agreement with which of theh following steel producer for producing automotive steel?
a) POSCO
b) China Baowu Group
c) ArcelorMittal
d) Tata Steel Group
Inspired by: Click2read

Q.3) With reference to the ‘National Medical Commission Bill’ which of the following statements is/are correct?
1. The bill replaces MCI with a regulator that will do away with “heavy-handed regulatory control” over medical institutions.
2. It will bring in a licentiate examination under the States.
Select the correct option using the codes given below.
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2
Inspired by: Cabinet clears Bill to replace Medical Council of India

Q.4) Which of the following are the possible effects of ‘Tobacco’ consumption on humans, through smoking?
1. Coronary heart disease
2. Lung Cancer
3. Stroke
Select the correct option using the codes given below.
a) 1, 2 and 3
b) 1 and 2 only
c) 2 and 3 only
d) 1 and 3 only
Inspired by: Karnataka HC strikes down rule on stringent tobacco pack warnings

Q.5) Consider the following statement regarding the Transparency International:
1. It is a Non-Governmental Organisation(NGO).
2. It is attached to UN for its operations.
3. It is Headquartered in Paris, France.
Which of the following statements given above is/are correct?
a) All of the above are correct
b) 1 and 2 only
c) 1 only
d) 2 and 3 only

Q.6) Consider the following statements:
1. Union territories are not presented in the Rajya Sabah
2. It is within the purview of the Chief Election Commissioner to adjudicate the election disputes
3. According to the constitution of India, parliament consists of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabah only
which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 1 Only
b) 2 and 3
c) 1and 3 only
d) None

Q.7) With reference to consumer’s rights / privileges under the provision of law in India which of the following statements correct?
1. Consumer are empowered to take samples for food testing
2. when consumer files a complaint in any consumer forum, no fee is required to be paid)
3. In case of death of consumer, his/her legal heir can file a complaint in the consumer forum on his/her behalf.
Select the correct answer:

a) 1 only
b) 2 and 3 only
c) 1 and 3 only
d) 1, 2 and 3

Q.8) Regarding the office of the Lok Sabha speaker consider the following statements:
1. He/She holds the office during the pleasure of the President
2. He/She need not be a member of the house at the time of his/her election but has to become a member of the House within six moths from the date of his/her election
3. If he/she intends to resign the letter of his/her resignation has to be addressed to the Deputy Speaker.
Which of the above statements given above is/are correct?

a) 1 and 2 only
b) 3 only
c) 1,2 and 3
d) None


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16 Dec 2017 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions & [Tikdams]

Dear student,

One of these questions would have application of Tikdams. Tikdams are smart hacks which help you arrive at the right answer with basic knowledge. Broadly speaking, there are 2 types:

  1. Elimination Tikdams: Extrapolate your basic knowledge to eliminate options which appear out of context. Zero down on 2 choices and then mark the question as per your risk appetite
  2. Estimation Tikdams: Read the question well and work out the answer from within the options – Most of the times UPSC plays with words or embeds clues within the question. A smart aspirant figures them out!

With strong basics and regular practice, you will be able to arrive at a very robust Tikdam framework of your own. To know more, read about this technique here, IAS 2016 by Dr. V & Tikdams 

Note: Please comment your responses to questions in the comment section. It will help you in assessing yourself.


Q.1) Which of the following organisation has recently published the ‘World Inequality Report 2018’?

a) World Wealth & Income Database

b) UNICEF

c) WHO

d) UNESCO

Inspired by: Income inequality in India worsens, but slower than Russia and China: report

Tikdam:

Even if you would have not heard about this report you can still solve this question with a bit of common sense. The report name is World inequality report. All the last 3 options which were mentioned in this question has nothing to do with economics. WHO deals with Global health, UNESCO with culture and heritage, UNICEF with Child rights. Therefore, no way they can release a report on inequality. Once we eliminate the last 3 options from the scene, the only option remaining is the 1st​ option whose name also suggests that it can release the World inequality report.

Q.2) ‘Gomukh’ is a terminus of which of the following glaciers?

a) Pindari

b) Zemu

c) Kafni

d) Gangotri

Inspired by: No lake formation near Gaumukh or along the course of river Bhagirathi: reports

Q.3) Consider the following statement about net neutrality:

1. Net neutrality means that governments and internet service providers treat all data on the internet equally and does not differentially charge consumers for higher-quality delivery or giving preferential treatment to certain websites.

2.Net neutrality is not mandatory in India

Which of the following statement is/are correct?

a)    Only 1

b)    Only 2

c)    Both 1 and 2

d)    Neither 1 nor 2

Q.4) Which of the following passed constitutional amendments have provided reservation for women in election?

1. 72nd

2. 73rd

3. 108th

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

a) 1, 2 and 3

b) 1 and 3 only

c) 2 and 3 only

d) 1 and 2 only

Inspired by: Will Women’s Reservation Bill be passed in Lok Sabha this Winter Session? 

Q.5) What is ‘Kepler’, sometimes seen in news?

a) Earth based telescope

b) Space Observatory

c) Gravitational-wave observatory

d) None of the above

Inspired by: Google crunches data to help NASA find two new planets

Q.6) The national green tribunal act. 2010 was enacted in consonance with which of the following provisions of the constitution of India?

1. Right to healthy environment, construed as a part of Right to life under article 21

2. Provision of grants for raising the level of administration in the scheduled areas for the welfare of scheduled tribes under article 275(1)

3. Powers and functions of gram Sabah as mentioned under article 243 (A)

select the correct answer:

a) 1 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

Q.7) If national water mission is properly and completely implemented how will it impact the country?

1. Part of the water needs of urban areas will be met through recycling of waste water.

2. The water requirements of coastal cities with inadequate alternative sources of water will be met by adopting appropriate technologies that allow for the use of ocean water.

3. All the rivers of Himalayan origin will be linked to the rivers of peninsular India

4. The expenses incurred by farmers for digging bore wells and for installing motors and pump sets to draw groundwater will be completely reimbursed by the Government.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below

a) 1 only

b) 1 and 2 only

c) 3 and 4 only

d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

Q.8) Consider the following provisions under the Directive Principles of State Policy as enshrined in the Constitution of India:

1. Securing for citizens of India a uniform civil code

2. Organising village panchayats

3. Promoting cottage industries in rural areas

4. Securing for all the workers reasonable leisure and cultural opportunities.

Which of the above are the Gandhian Principles that are reflected in the Directive Principles of State Policy?

a) 1, 2 and 4 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1, 3 and 4 only

d) 1, 2, 3 and 4


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15 Dec 2017 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions & [Tikdams]

Dear student,

One of these questions would have application of Tikdams. Tikdams are smart hacks which help you arrive at the right answer with basic knowledge. Broadly speaking, there are 2 types:

  1. Elimination Tikdams: Extrapolate your basic knowledge to eliminate options which appear out of context. Zero down on 2 choices and then mark the question as per your risk appetite
  2. Estimation Tikdams: Read the question well and work out the answer from within the options – Most of the times UPSC plays with words or embeds clues within the question. A smart aspirant figures them out!

With strong basics and regular practice, you will be able to arrive at a very robust Tikdam framework of your own. To know more, read about this technique here, IAS 2016 by Dr. V & Tikdams 

Note: Please comment your responses to questions in the comment section. It will help you in assessing yourself.


Q.1) Which of the following industries use Petcoke as an ingredient?
1. Cement
2. Limestone
3. Furnance oil
Select the correct option using the codes given below.
a) 1 and 2 only
b) 2 and 3 only
c) 1, 2 and 3
d) 1 and 3 only
Inspired by: SC eases petcoke ban for 2 sectors

Q.2) Which of the following are the functions/activities of the Labour Bureau?
1. Labour Intelligence
2. Labour Research
3. Monitoring and evaluation studies under the Minimum Wages Act 1948.
Select the correct option using the codes given below.
a) 1 and 3 only
b) 2 and 3 only
c) 1 and 2 only
d) 1, 2 and 3

Q.3) With reference to the ‘Buenos Aires Declaration on Women and Trade’ which of the following statements is/are correct?
1. It is an declaration under the aegis of the WTO.
2. India has supported this declaration.
Select the correct option using the codes given below.
a) Both 1 and 2
b) 2 only
c) Neither 1 nor 2
d) 1 only
Inspired by: Click2read

Q.4) With reference to the Brahmaputra river, consider the following statements:
1. It originates on the Angsi Glacier.
2. Lohit is one of its tributaries.
Which of the following statements is/are correct?
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Neither 1 nor 2
d) Both 1 and 2
Inspired by: China denies building tunnel to divert Brahmaputra waters

Q.5) Which of the following agreement/declaration/convention is related to the WTO?
a) Bonn Agreement
b) Alpine Convention
c) Marrakesh Agreement
d) Fortaleza

Q.6) In the areas covered under the Panchayat (Extension to the Scheduled Areas) Act, 1996 what is the role/ power of Gram Sabah?
1. Gram Sabah has the power to prevent alienation of land in the scheduled area)
2. Gram Sabah has the ownership of minor forest produce
3. Recommendation of gram Sabah is required for granting prospecting licence or mining lease for any mineral in the scheduled
areas.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) 1
b) 1 and 2 only
c) 2 and 3 only
d) 1, 2 and 3

Q.7) In the parliament of India, the purpose of an adjournment motion is
a) to allow a discussion on a definite matter of urgent public importance
b) to leer opposition members collect information from the ministers
c) to allow a reduction of specific amount in demand for grant
d) to postpone th proceedings to check the inappropriate or violent behaviour on the part of some members

Q.8) How does National Biodiversity Authority help in protecting the Indian agriculture?
1. NBA checks the biopairacy and protects the indigenous and traditional genetic resources.
2. NBA directly monitors and supervises the scientific research on genetic modification of crop plants.
3 Applications for intellectual property rights related to genetic/ biological resources can not be made without the approval of NBA.
Which of the statements given above is/ are correct?
a) 1
b) 2 and 3 only
c) 1 and 3 only
d) 1, 2 and 3


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14 Dec 2017 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions & [Tikdams]

Dear student,

One of these questions would have application of Tikdams. Tikdams are smart hacks which help you arrive at the right answer with basic knowledge. Broadly speaking, there are 2 types:

  1. Elimination Tikdams: Extrapolate your basic knowledge to eliminate options which appear out of context. Zero down on 2 choices and then mark the question as per your risk appetite
  2. Estimation Tikdams: Read the question well and work out the answer from within the options – Most of the times UPSC plays with words or embeds clues within the question. A smart aspirant figures them out!

With strong basics and regular practice, you will be able to arrive at a very robust Tikdam framework of your own. To know more, read about this technique here, IAS 2016 by Dr. V & Tikdams 

Note: Please comment your responses to questions in the comment section. It will help you in assessing yourself.


Q.1) Consider the following statement about the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill (FRDI),

1. It provides for establishment of a resolution corporation with powers relating to transfer of assets to a healthy financial firm, merger or amalgamation, liquidation.

2. The Bill says that in case of a bank failure, the proposed corporation will not provide any kind of deposit insurance to the depositors.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 2 only

b) Neither 1 nor 2

c) Both 1 and 2

d) 1 only

Inspired by: [op-ed snap] Perils of going cashless

Q.2) Moreh which is recently in news since it is a place from where India-Myanmar-Thailand (IMT) highway will begin is in which Indian state?

a) Manipur

b) Mizoram

c) Nagaland

d)Assam

Inspired by: Govt, ASEAN in talks to take IMT highway up to Vietnam

Q.3) With reference to the ‘Promissory note’ which of the following statements is/are correct?

1. It is a legal instrument.

2. In special circumstances, it is called Negotiable Instrument.

Select the correct opion using the codes given below.

a) Neither 1 nor 2

b) 1 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) 2 only

Inspired by: Electoral bonds likely to carry validity of 15 days

Q.4) With reference to the ‘Electoral Bonds’ which of the following statements is/are correct?

1. They cannot be issued against cheque.

2.  Required amendments to the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934 (Section 31(3)) and the Representation of People Act, 1951 were already made, for the issuing of these bonds.

Select the correct option using the codes given below.

a) Both 1 and 2

b) 2 only

c) Neither 1 nor 2

d) 1 only

Inspired by: Electoral bonds likely to carry validity of 15 days

Q.5) Which of the following organisation publishes ‘Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS)’, sometimes seen in news?

a) Central Council of Indian Medicine

b) World Health Organisation

c) Students Working Against Tobacco

d) None of the above

Inspired by: Maharashtra FDA approaches law and judiciary dept over ban on e-cigarettes

Q.6) Consider the following agricultural practices:

1. Contour bunding

2. Relay cropping

3. Zero tillage

In the context of global climate change, which of the above helps/help in carbon sequestration/ storage in the soil?

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 3 only

c) 1, 2 and 3

d) None of them

Q.7) What would happen if phytoplankton of an ocean is completely destroyed for some reason?

1. The ocean as a carbon sink would be adversely affected)

2. The food chains in the ocean would be adversely affected)

3. The density of ocean water would drastically decrease.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 only

c) 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

Q.8) Vultures used to be very common in Indian countryside some years ago are rarely seen nowadays. This is attributed to

a) the destruction of their nesting sites by new invasive species

b) a drug used by cattle owners for treating their diseased cattle

c) Scarcity of food available to them

d) a widespread, persistant and fatal disease among them

 


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13 Dec 2017 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions & [Tikdams]

Dear student,

One of these questions would have application of Tikdams. Tikdams are smart hacks which help you arrive at the right answer with basic knowledge. Broadly speaking, there are 2 types:

  1. Elimination Tikdams: Extrapolate your basic knowledge to eliminate options which appear out of context. Zero down on 2 choices and then mark the question as per your risk appetite
  2. Estimation Tikdams: Read the question well and work out the answer from within the options – Most of the times UPSC plays with words or embeds clues within the question. A smart aspirant figures them out!

With strong basics and regular practice, you will be able to arrive at a very robust Tikdam framework of your own. To know more, read about this technique here, IAS 2016 by Dr. V & Tikdams 

Note: Please comment your responses to questions in the comment section. It will help you in assessing yourself.


Q.1) With reference to the ‘Trade Facilitation Agreement’, sometimes seen in news, which of the following statements is/are correct?
1. It is an accord to simplify customs regulations for the cross-border movement of goods.
2. The Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) entered into force on 22 February 2017.
3. India has not ratified the agreement yet.
Select the correct option using the codes given below.
a) 1 and 2 only
b) 1 and 3 only
c) 2 and 3 only
d) 1 only
Inspired by: Click2read

Tikdam:

The second statement looks tough, since student who is following newspaper may be aware of the TFA and its details but he may or may not be aware of factual things like when it entered into force. It is extremely tough to remember exact date when any agreement or accord entered into force. However ignore the date you can still solve this question without even knowing the exact date by using a bit of smartness.-If you are reading newspaper you must be aware with the fact that India has ratified TFA and not only India has ratified, it has also created Trade facilitation council for the implementation of the TFA. Thus once you eliminate statement 3 you will automatically get the answer without even knowing the first2 statements.

Q.2) The primary aim of the Australian Group, sometimes seen in news is to help member countries to identify those exports which need to be controlled so as not to contribute to the spread of which of the following types of weapons?
1. Chemical
2. Biological
3. Nuclear
Select the correct option using the codes given below.
a) 1 and 3 only
b) 1, 2 and 3
c) 1 and 2 only
d) 1 and 2 only
Inspired by: [op-ed snap] In an elite club: On India’s Wassenaar entry

Q,3) ‘The State of the World’s Children’ report, recently seen in news, was published by which of the following organisation?
a) Save the Children
b) UNICEF
c) Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation
d) None of the above
Inspired by: Click2read

Q.4) With reference to the ‘Advertising Standards Council of India’, consider the following statements:
1. It is a non-Government body.
2. Government has directed that ads violating ASCI code cannot be permitted on TV.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) Neither 1 nor 2
b) 2 only
c) 1 only
d) Both 1 and 2
Inspired by: Govt bans condom ads from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. because they are “indecent”

Q.5) Consider the following statements about Wassenaar Arrangement:
1. It was established in 1996 to contribute to regional and international security and stability by promoting transparency and greater responsibility in transfers of conventional arms and dual-use goods and technologies, thus preventing destabilizing accumulations.
2.All permanent members of UN Security Council are its members.
Which of the following statement is/are correct?
a) Only 1
b) 1 and 2
c) Only 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q.6) What is the difference between the antelopes Oryx and Chiru?
a) Oryx is adapted to live in hot and arid areas whereas Chiru is adapted to live in steppes and semi­desert areas of cold high mountains
b) Oryx is poached for its antlers whereas Chiru is poached for its musk
c) Oryx exists in western India only whereas Chiru exists in north east India only.
d) None of the statements given above is correct.

Q.7) Which of the following can be threats to the biodiversity of a geographical area?
1. Global warming
2. Fragmentation of habitat
3. Invasion of alien species
4. Promotion of vegetarianism
Select the correct answer using the codes given below:
a) 1, 2 and 3 only
b) 2 and 3 only
c) 1 and 4 only
d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

Q.8) Consider the following:
1. Black necked crane
2. Cheetah
3. Flying squirrel
4. Snow leopard
Which of the above are naturally found in India?
a) 1, 2 and 3 only
b) 1, 3 and 4 only
c) 2 and 4 only
d) 1, 2, 3 and 4


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12 Dec 2017 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions & [Tikdams]

Dear student,

One of these questions would have application of Tikdams. Tikdams are smart hacks which help you arrive at the right answer with basic knowledge. Broadly speaking, there are 2 types:

  1. Elimination Tikdams: Extrapolate your basic knowledge to eliminate options which appear out of context. Zero down on 2 choices and then mark the question as per your risk appetite
  2. Estimation Tikdams: Read the question well and work out the answer from within the options – Most of the times UPSC plays with words or embeds clues within the question. A smart aspirant figures them out!

With strong basics and regular practice, you will be able to arrive at a very robust Tikdam framework of your own. To know more, read about this technique here, IAS 2016 by Dr. V & Tikdams 

Note: Please comment your responses to questions in the comment section. It will help you in assessing yourself.


Q.1) With reference to the ‘G33 countries’, sometimes seen in news, which of the following statements is/are correct?

1. All of its member countries are Developing Countries.

2. It deals with concerns regarding agriculture in relation to World Trade Organisation negotiations.

3.India is not a member of G33 group.

Select the correct option using the codes given below.

a) 1 and 3

b) 2 and 3

c) 1 and 2

d) All of the above

Inspired by: WTO: diverse views fuel bleak prospect for outcomes

Tikdam:

It is very obvious that India as a leader of Developing countries is expected to be member of any coalition of developing countries in WTO. If you are reading news-papers carefully you must be aware with the fact that G33 is dominated by India and after/before every WTO ministerial summit there is always meeting among G33 countries and usually it is presided by India. Once you eliminate statement 3 you will automatically get the answer without even knowing other 2 statements.

Q.2) The ‘Digital Infopedia’ platform, recently seen in news, is established under

a) Digital India Initiative

b) World Trade Organisation

c) United Nations General Assembly

d) International Solar Alliance

Q.3) Which of the following characteristics best describe atomic/physical properties of ‘Heavy Metals’?

1. High Density

2. Low Atomic weight

3. Low Atomic number

Select the correct option using the codes given below.

a) 1, 2 and 3

b)1 and 3 only

c) 2 and 3 only

d) 1 only

Inspired by: Govt plans study to settle dispute over use of PET bottles for medicines

Q.4) Accoring to a decision by Health Ministry, state-run National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) will assess the health impact of the use of PET bottles to package medicines. PET bottles are made up of a

a) Heavy metal

b) Polymer

c) Light Metal

d) Metalloid

Inspired by: Govt plans study to settle dispute over use of PET bottles for medicines

Q.5) Consider the following statement about advertisement standards council of India:

1.It is a regulatory organization under the Ministry of information & broadcasting.

2.ASCI seeks to ensure that advertisement confirm to its Code for Regulation.

Which of the following statement is/are correct?

a)    Only 1

b)    Only 2

c)    Both 1 and 2

d)    Neither 1 and 2

Inspired by: Govt bans condom ads from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. because they are “indecent”

Q.6) Consider the following kinds of organisms:

1. Bat

2. Bee

3. Bird

which of the above is/are pollinating agent/agents?

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

Q.7) Which one of the following groups of animals belongs to the category of endangered species?

a) Great Indian bustard, Musk Deer, Red Panda and Asiatic Wild Ass

b) Kashmir Stag, Cheetah, Blue Bull, GIB

c) Snow Leopard, Swamp Deer, Rhesus Monkey, Saras (Crane)

d) Lion Tailed Macaque, Blue Bull, Hanuman Langur, Cheetah

Q.8) Consider the following statements:

If there were no phenomenon of capillarity

1. it would be difficult to use a kerosene lamp

2. one would not be able to use a straw to consume a soft drink

3. the blotting paper would paper would fail to function

4. the big trees that we see around would not have grown on the earth

Which of the following statements given above are correct?

a) 1, 2 and 3 only

b) 1, 3 and 4 only

c) 2 and 4 only

d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

 


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11 Dec 2017 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions & [Tikdams]

Dear student,

One of these questions would have application of Tikdams. Tikdams are smart hacks which help you arrive at the right answer with basic knowledge. Broadly speaking, there are 2 types:

  1. Elimination Tikdams: Extrapolate your basic knowledge to eliminate options which appear out of context. Zero down on 2 choices and then mark the question as per your risk appetite
  2. Estimation Tikdams: Read the question well and work out the answer from within the options – Most of the times UPSC plays with words or embeds clues within the question. A smart aspirant figures them out!

With strong basics and regular practice, you will be able to arrive at a very robust Tikdam framework of your own. To know more, read about this technique here, IAS 2016 by Dr. V & Tikdams 

Note: Please comment your responses to questions in the comment section. It will help you in assessing yourself.


Q1) Which of the following was a non-violent peasant agitation in India?

a) Telangana stuggle

b) Bardoli movement

c) Naxalbari peasant Uprising

d) Tebhaga Movement

Tikdam:

If you know, the leader of the Bardoli Peasant movement was Sardar Patel. Then, you can easily figure out, it must be on Gandhian Prinicples(i.e. peaceful) as Patel was a great follower of Gandhi. Tittle ‘Sardar’ was given by Gandhi to Sardar Patel.

Q,2) With reference to the ‘Gross fixed capital formation(GFCF)’ which of the following statements is/are correct?

1. It is a macroeconomic concept.

2. It shows how much of the new value added in the economy is invested rather than consumed.

3. It is not a measure of total investment.

Select the correct option using the codes given below.

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

Answer: (d)

Inspired by: [op-ed snap] Getting back on track

Q.3) Which of the following organisms are known (in some special cases) to have Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) ability to stop an antimicrobial from working against it?

1. Bacteria

2. Virus

3. Parasites

Select the correct option using the codes given below.

a) 2 and 3 only

b) 1 and 3 only

c) 1, 2 and 3

d) 1 and 2 only

Inspired by: [op-ed snap] Living in a world of emerging microbial resistance

Q.4) ‘Ajeya Warrior’, recently seen in news, is a periodic military exercise between/among which of the following countries?

1. India

2. United Kingdom

3. Nepal

Select the correct option using the codes given below.

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1, 2 and 3

d) 1 and 3 only

Inspired by: Joint Indo-UK military exercise focusing on inter-operability

Q.5) The National Action Plan on Antimicrobialm 2017 primarily focusses on

a) limiting antibiotics in effluent being dumped by drug makers into the environment

b) getting people to cut down on unnecessary antibiotic consumption

c) spreading awareness about threats from anntimicrobial resisitance.

d) None of the above

Inspired by: [op-ed snap] Living in a world of emerging microbial resistance

Q.6) Consider the following statements:

1. The duration of the monsoon decreases from southern India to northern India)

2. The amount of annual rainfall in the northern plains of India decreases from east to west.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q.7) Which one of the following is the characteristic climate of the Tropical Savannah Region?

a) Rainfall throughout the year

b) Rainfall in winter only

c) An extremely short dry season

d) A definite dry and wet season

Q.8) In which one among the following categories of protected areas in India are local people not allowed to collect and use the biomass?

a) Biosphere reserves

b) National parks

c) Wetlands declared under Ramsar convention

d) Wildlife sanctuaries

 


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9 Dec 2017 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions & [Tikdams]

Dear student,

One of these questions would have application of Tikdams. Tikdams are smart hacks which help you arrive at the right answer with basic knowledge. Broadly speaking, there are 2 types:

  1. Elimination Tikdams: Extrapolate your basic knowledge to eliminate options which appear out of context. Zero down on 2 choices and then mark the question as per your risk appetite
  2. Estimation Tikdams: Read the question well and work out the answer from within the options – Most of the times UPSC plays with words or embeds clues within the question. A smart aspirant figures them out!

With strong basics and regular practice, you will be able to arrive at a very robust Tikdam framework of your own. To know more, read about this technique here, IAS 2016 by Dr. V & Tikdams 

Note: Please comment your responses to questions in the comment section. It will help you in assessing yourself.


Q.1) Which of the following is not a Bretton Woods institution?

a) International Monetary Fund

b) World Bank

c) Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

d) All of the above

Tikdam:

If you have some basic knowledge about the OECD, then you may know that OECD describes itself as ‘a
forum of countries describing themselves as committed to democracy and the market economy’. But
there is no such condition(for joining) in IMF and World Bank, as many planned economies are also part
of these two organisations. This makes a difference between IMF, World Bank and OECD. And thus, there
is a significant chance that Bretton Woods organisation should have same kind of
conditions(characteristics) for joining.

Q.2) With reference to the ‘Advance Pricing Agreement’, which was recently seen in the news, consider the following statements:

1. It is an agreement between a taxpayer and a tax authority.

2. They cannot be multilateral.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) Neither 1 nor 2

b) 1 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) 2 only

Inspired by: [pib] Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) signs two Indian Advance Pricing Agreements (APAs) in November

Q.3) Consider the following statements regarding the geography of ‘Maldives’:

1. It is the smallest Asian country by both land area and population.

2. It touches the Laccadive Sea.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) Both 1 and 2

b) 2 only

c) 1 only

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Inspired by: [op-ed snap] Island hopping

Q.4) With reference to the ‘G4 nations’, sometimes seen in the news, which of the following statements is/are correct?

1. In G4, the common denominator is the economy and long-term political motives.

2. South Africa is one of its members.

Select the correct option using the codes given below.

a) 2 only

b) Both 1 and 2

c) Neither 1 nor 2

d) 1 only

Inspired by: [op-ed snap] Let us be realistic about the UNSC

Q.5) Which of the following statements regarding ‘the Wassenaar Arrangement’, recently seen in news, is/are correct?

1. It is a multilateral export control regime.

2. All of its members are Nuclear Power States.

3. India is its member.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

a) 1 and 3 only

b) 1, 2 and 3

c) 2 and 3 only

d) 1 and 2 only

Inspired by: Wassenaar Arrangement decides to make India its member

Q.6) Despite having large reserves of coal, why does India import millions of tonnes of coal?

1. It is the policy of India to save its own coal reserves for future and import it from other countries for the present use.

2. most of the power plants in India are coal based and they are not able to get sufficient applies of coal from within the country?

3. Steel companies need large quantity of coking coal which has to be imported

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

Q.7) Recently there has been a concern over the short supply of a group of elements called rare earth metals. Why?

1. China, which is the largest producer of these elements, has imposed some restrictions on their export.

2. Other than china, Australia, Canada, Chile, these elements are not found in any country.

3. Rare earth metals are essential for the manufacture of various kinds of electronic items and there is growing demand for these elements.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) 1 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

Q.8) Consider the following protected areas:

1. Bandipur

2. Bhitarkanika

3. Manas

4. Sunderbans

Which of the above are declared Tiger Reserves?

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 1, 3 and 4 only

c) 2, 3 and 4 only

d) 1, 2, 3 and 4


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8 Dec 2017 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions & [Tikdams]

Dear student,

One of these questions would have application of Tikdams. Tikdams are smart hacks which help you arrive at the right answer with basic knowledge. Broadly speaking, there are 2 types:

  1. Elimination Tikdams: Extrapolate your basic knowledge to eliminate options which appear out of context. Zero down on 2 choices and then mark the question as per your risk appetite
  2. Estimation Tikdams: Read the question well and work out the answer from within the options – Most of the times UPSC plays with words or embeds clues within the question. A smart aspirant figures them out!

With strong basics and regular practice, you will be able to arrive at a very robust Tikdam framework of your own. To know more, read about this technique here, IAS 2016 by Dr. V & Tikdams 

Note: Please comment your responses to questions in the comment section. It will help you in assessing yourself.


Q.1) Consider the following statement about ‘International Solar Alliance:

1. The alliance is a treaty-based inter-governmental organization. 

2. The alliance’s primary objective is work for efficient exploitation of solar energy to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.

3. Countries that do not fall within the Tropics cannot join the ISA .

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 1 and 2 only

b) All of the above

c) 2 and 3

d) 1 and 3

Inspired by: Solar Alliance comes into existence

Tikdam:

If you would have been following newspapers, you must have been aware of the fact that India and France were the key architects of the International solar alliance. It is obvious that France is not a tropical country since it lies in Europe and no country in Europe is a tropical country. Since France is the founding member of the ISA, no way statement 3 can be correct. Once we eliminate statement 3,we will automatically get the answer by elimination method without even knowing other 2 statements.

Q.2) With reference to the ‘the Clinical Establishments (Registration and Regulation) Act,’ Consider the following statements:

1. The act is also applicable to Private Clinical Establishments.

2. The act has taken effect in all Indian States, except the State of Jammu and Kashmir.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) Both 1 and 2

b) 2 only

c) Neither 1 nor 2

d) 1 only

Inspired by: [op-ed snap] Universal health coverage is the best prescription

Q.3) With reference to the ‘National Strategic plan (NSP) for control of Tuberculosis’, consider the following statements:

1. It was a part of the 12th Five year plan for the period 2012-17.

2. Under the plan, Government has announced the goal to eliminate TB by 2025.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) Neither 1 nor 2

b) 2 only

c) 1 only

d) Both 1 and 2

Inspired by: [op-ed snap] Incentivizing new vaccine development

Q.4) Which of the following statements regarding the ‘Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction’ is/are correct?

1. India has acceded to the convention

2. It is a convention under the United Nations.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

a) 2 only

b) Neither 1 nor 2

c) 1 only

d) Both 1 and 2

Inspired by: Courts can turn down child repatriation, says Supreme Court

Q.5) The Finance Commission of India makes recommendations to the president with regard to:

1. The distribution of the proceeds of taxes between the union and the states.

2. The principles which should govern the grants-in-aid to be given to the states.

Select the correct option using the codes given below.

a) Both 1 and 2

b) 1 only

c) 2 only

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Inspired by: [op-ed snap] New India formula?

Q.6) Consider the following:

1. Assessment of the land revenue on the basis of nature of the soil and the quality of crops.

2. Use of mobile cannons in warfare

3. Cultivation of tobacco and red chillies

Which of the above was/were introduced into India by the English?

a) 1 only

b) 1 and 2

c) 2 and 3

d) None

Q.7) With reference to the guilds (Shreni) if ancient India that played a very important role in the country’s economy, which of the

following statements is/are correct?

1. Every guild was registered with the central authority of the state and the king was the chief admen authority on them

2.The wages, rules of work, standards and prices were fixed by the guild

3. The guild had judicial powers over its own members.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 3 only

c) 2 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

Q.8) The distribution of powers between the Centre and the States in the Indian Constitution is based on the scheme provide in the

a) Marley­Minto reforms 1909

b) Montagu Chelmsford act 1919

c) Govt. of India act, 1935

d) Indian independence act 1947


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7 Dec 2017 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions & [Tikdams]

Dear student,

One of these questions would have application of Tikdams. Tikdams are smart hacks which help you arrive at the right answer with basic knowledge. Broadly speaking, there are 2 types:

  1. Elimination Tikdams: Extrapolate your basic knowledge to eliminate options which appear out of context. Zero down on 2 choices and then mark the question as per your risk appetite
  2. Estimation Tikdams: Read the question well and work out the answer from within the options – Most of the times UPSC plays with words or embeds clues within the question. A smart aspirant figures them out!

With strong basics and regular practice, you will be able to arrive at a very robust Tikdam framework of your own. To know more, read about this technique here, IAS 2016 by Dr. V & Tikdams 

Note: Please comment your responses to questions in the comment section. It will help you in assessing yourself.


Q.1) With reference to the ‘Services Exports from India Scheme (SEIS),’ recently seen in news, consider the following statements:

1. Service Exports from India Scheme (SEIS) aims to promote export of services from India by providing duty scrip credit for eligible exports

2. The scheme is valid for two years

3. It has been introduced as a part of Foreign Trade Policy 2015-2020.

Select the correct option using the codes given below.

a) All the above

b) 1 and 2

c) 1 and 3

d) 2 and 3

Inspired by: Boost for exports as Government announces more incentives

Tikdam:

It is almost impossible to remember exact figure like 2 years and 5 years in every scheme. However using Tikdam technique you will be easily able to solve this question. Let us explain why. SEIS scheme was launched as a part of Foreign-trade policy 2015-2020 and since FTP have 5 year validity therefore no way schemes launched as part of FTP will have any different validity. Thus statement 2 can be eliminated. Once we eliminate statement 2 we will automatically get the answer by elimination method without knowing other 2 statements.

Q.2) With reference to the ‘Indian Railway Station Development Corp. Ltd (IRSDC),’ recently seen in news, which of the following statements is/are correct?

1. It is a joint venture company.

2. It is a statutory authority under the Ministry of Railways.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

a) Both 1 and 2

b) 2 only

c) 1 only

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Inspired by: Railways appoints IRSDC as nodal agency for station redevelopment plan

Q.3) With reference to the ‘United Nations Convention against Torture,’ recenlty seen in news, consider the following statements:

1. India has not signed the convention.

2. French is the only official language of the convention.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) Both 1 and 2

b) 1 only

c) Neither 1 nor 2

d) 2 only

Inspired by: [op-ed snap] Stand up against torture

Q.4) With reference to the ‘open market operation (OMO)’, consider the following statements:

1. It is related to buying and selling of Government Bonds in the market.

2. In India, the operations are carried out by the SEBI.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) Neither 1 nor 2

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) 1 only

Inspired by: What to note in RBI monetary policy beyond rate action

Q.5) Consider following statement about Monetary policy committee:

1. The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) is a committee of the Reserve Bank of India, headed by its Governor, which is entrusted with the task of fixing the benchmark policy interest rate (repo rate) to contain inflation within the specified target level.

2. MPC have six members, – the RBI Governor (Chairperson), the RBI Deputy Governor in charge of monetary policy, one official nominated by the RBI Board and the remaining three members representing the Government of India.

3. The MPC takes decisions based on majority vote (by those who are present and voting). In case of a tie, the RBI governor have the second or casting vote.

Which of the following statement is/are correct?

a) 1 and 2

b) 2 and 3

c) All of the above

d) 1 and 3

Q.6) Which of the following measures would result in an increase in the money supply in the economy?

1. Purchase of govt securities from the public by the central bank

2. Deposit of currency in commercial banks by the public

3. borrowing by the govt. from the central bank

4. Sale of govt. secs. To the public by the central bank

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) 1

b) 2 and 4 only

c) 1 and 3

d) 2, 3 and 4

Q.7) Which of the following would include Foreign Direct Investment on India?

1. Subsidiaries of foreign companies in India

2. Majority foreign equity holding in Indian companies

3. Companies exclusively financed by foreign companies

4. Portfolio investment

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) 1, 2, 3 and 4

b) 2 and 4 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3 only

Q.8) Consider the following statement:

The price of any currency in international market is decided by the

1. World Bank

2. Demand for goods/services provided by the country concerned

3. Stability of the government of the concerned country

4. Economic potential of the country in question.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) 1,2,3 and 4

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 3 and 4 only

d) 1 and 4 only


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6 Dec 2017 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions & [Tikdams]

Dear student,

One of these questions would have application of Tikdams. Tikdams are smart hacks which help you arrive at the right answer with basic knowledge. Broadly speaking, there are 2 types:

  1. Elimination Tikdams: Extrapolate your basic knowledge to eliminate options which appear out of context. Zero down on 2 choices and then mark the question as per your risk appetite
  2. Estimation Tikdams: Read the question well and work out the answer from within the options – Most of the times UPSC plays with words or embeds clues within the question. A smart aspirant figures them out!

With strong basics and regular practice, you will be able to arrive at a very robust Tikdam framework of your own. To know more, read about this technique here, IAS 2016 by Dr. V & Tikdams 


Q.1) Which of the following countries is/are a member of GCC?
1.Saudi Arabia
2.Jordan
3.Iran
4.UAE
Select the correct code:
a) All of the above
b) 1 and 4
c) 1,3 and 4
d) 1,2 and 3

Tikdam:

People who have 0% idea about GCC could solve this question easily using some basic common sense. If you are reading our news-cards regularly you must be aware with the fact that Saudi Arabia and Iran does not see eye to eye with each other. Infact growing proximity of Qatar with Iran was one of the most important reason why UAE was suspended from GCC. Therefore, no way Iran and Saudi Arabia could be part of a same organization. Also, GCC is an organization of gulf monarchies and Iran is not a monarchy. Therefore, once you eliminate Iran from the equation only 1 option is left that is b which is also the answer.

Foreign Policy Watch: India-Middle East


Q.2) With reference to the ‘World Health Organization’ which of the following statements is/are correct?
1. It is a member of the United Nations Development Group.
2. It is responsible for the publication of the World Health Report.
Select the correct option using the codes given below.
a) Neither 1 nor 2
b) 1 only
c) 2 only
d) Both 1 and 2

Q.3) Recenty, a Satellite ‘Sentinel-5P’, was in news. The satellite was designed for working in the area of
a) Gravitational Waves
b) Air Pollution
c) Astronomical observation
d) Water Pollution

Q.4) Which of the following statement is correct regarding the ‘Bail in’ clause of the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill, 2017 , recenlty seen in news?
a) It involves the rescue of a financial institution by internal parties, typically governments using taxpayers money
b) It involves the rescue of a financial institution by external parties, typically governments using taxpayers money
c) It is rescuing a financial institution on the brink of failure by making its creditors and depositors take a loss on their holdings
d) None of the above

Q.5) With reference to the ‘National Green Tribunal’, often seen in news, consider the following statements:
1. It follows the principles of Natural Justice
2. It was established under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) Neither 1 nor 2
b) Both 1 and 2
c) 2 only
d) 1 only

Q.6) Which of the following statements is/ are correct regarding Brahmo Samaj?
1. It opposed idolatry.
2. It denied the need for a priestly class for interpreting the religious texts.
3. It popularized the doctrine that the Vedas are infallible.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below:
a) 1 only
b) 1 and 2 only
c) 3 only
d) 1, 2 and 3

Q.7) The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) acts as a bankers’ bank. This would imply which of the following?
1 Other bank retains their deposits with the RBI.
2 The RBI lends funds to the commercial banks in times of need)
3 The RBI advises the commercial banks on monetary matters.
Correct statement(s) is/are?
a) 2 and 3 only
b) 1 and 2 only
c) 1 and 3 only
d) 1, 2 and 3

Q.8) Under which of the following circumstances may “capital gains” arise?
1. when there is an increase in the sales of a product
2 .when there is a natural increase in the value of the property owned)
3. when you purchase a painting and there is a growth in its value due to increase in its popularity.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below:
a) 1 only
b) 2 and 3 only
c) 2 only
d) 1, 2 and 3


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5 Dec 2017 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions & [Tikdams]

Dear student,

One of these questions would have application of Tikdams. Tikdams are smart hacks which help you arrive at the right answer with basic knowledge. Broadly speaking, there are 2 types:

  1. Elimination Tikdams: Extrapolate your basic knowledge to eliminate options which appear out of context. Zero down on 2 choices and then mark the question as per your risk appetite
  2. Estimation Tikdams: Read the question well and work out the answer from within the options – Most of the times UPSC plays with words or embeds clues within the question. A smart aspirant figures them out!

With strong basics and regular practice, you will be able to arrive at a very robust Tikdam framework of your own. To know more, read about this technique here, IAS 2016 by Dr. V & Tikdams 


Q.1) Consider the following statement about Crypto-currency
1. Founded as a peer-to-peer electronic payment system, cryptocurrencies enable transfer of money between parties, without going through a banking system.
2. These employ cryptographic algorithms and functions to ensure anonymity (privacy) of the users (who are identified by an alphanumeric public key), security of the transactions and integrity of the payment systems.
3. Crypto-currencies have been banned in India.
Which of the following statement is correct?
a) All the above
b) 1 and 3
c) 1 and 2
d) 2 and 3

Tikdam:

The second statement of the question is bit technical and it will be difficult for a non-science student to guess the correctness of the statement. However using Tikdam technique you will be able to solve this tough question without even knowing the first 2statements.Let us explain why?
BitCoin cannot be banned as its not owned by any government. BitCoin is more like a democratic currency which is of the people, for the people and by the people. At most it could be regulated. If you would have been following news you must be aware with the fact that Government has recently appointed a committee to give suggestions regarding regulation of BITCOINS. If Government would have banned BITCOINS it would have been a very big news. Thus using a bit of common sense you can eliminate statement 3 and once you do that you will automatically get the answer using elimination method.

Q.2) With reference to the ‘Trans-Neptunian Objects (TNOs)’, consider the following statements:
1. They are the objects orbiting Neptune.
2. TNOs are icy worlds.
Which of the satements given above is/are correct?
a) 2 only
b) 1 only
c) Neither 1 nor 2
d) Both 1 and 2

Q.3) With reference to Petcoke which of the following statements is/are correct?
1. It is made from Crude Oil Refining process.
2. It is also produced in the production of synthetic crude oil.
Select the correct opiton using the codes given below.
a) Neither 1 nor 2
b) 2 only
c) 1 only
d) Both 1 and 2

Q.4) The International North South Transport Corridor (INSTC) was initiated by which of the following countries?
1. Russia
2. India
3. Iran
4. Afghanistan
Select the correct option using the codes given below.
a) 1, 2, 3 and 4
b) 3 and 4 only
c) 1, 2 and 4 only
d) 1, 2 and 3only

Q.5) The “Golden Quadrilateral” project, which is an infrastructure project sometimes seen news, is related to
a) Air-Traffic
b) Roads
c) Waterways
d) Railways

Q.6) The Lahore session of the Indian nat. congress 1929 is very important in history because
1. the congress passed a resolution demanding complete independence
2. rift between the extremists and moderates was resolved in that session
3. a resolution was passed rejecting two nation theory in that session
Which of the statements given above is/ are correct?
a) 1 only
b) 2 and 3
c) 1 and 3
d) None of the above

Q.7) Lord Buddha’s image is sometimes shown with the hand gesture called “Bhumiparsh Mudra”. it symbolizes
a) Buddha’s calling of the earth to watch over Mara and to prevent Mara from disturbing his meditation
b) Buddha’s calling of the earth to witness his purity and chastity despite the temptations of Mara
c) Buddha’s reminder to his followers that they all arise from the earth and finally dissolve into the earth and thus this life is transitory
d) both a and b are correct.

Q.8) The religion of early Vedic Aryans was primarily of
a) bhakti
b) image worship and yajnas
c) worship of nature and yajnas
d) worship of nature and bhakti


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4 Dec 2017 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions & [Tikdams]

Dear student,

One of these questions would have application of Tikdams. Tikdams are smart hacks which help you arrive at the right answer with basic knowledge. Broadly speaking, there are 2 types:

  1. Elimination Tikdams: Extrapolate your basic knowledge to eliminate options which appear out of context. Zero down on 2 choices and then mark the question as per your risk appetite
  2. Estimation Tikdams: Read the question well and work out the answer from within the options – Most of the times UPSC plays with words or embeds clues within the question. A smart aspirant figures them out!

With strong basics and regular practice, you will be able to arrive at a very robust Tikdam framework of your own. To know more, read about this technique here, IAS 2016 by Dr. V & Tikdams 


Q.1) Consider the following statement about the Saubhagya scheme:

1. Saubhagya is a scheme launched to achieve electrification of all the villages in India.

2. The Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC) is nodal agency for operationalisation of scheme throughout country.

3. All States and Union Territories of the country are required to complete the target of electrification in their respective jurisdiction by 31st March, 2019.

Which of the following statement is/are correct?

a) All of the above

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 2 only

d) 1 and 3 only

Tikdam:

Even if you have not read the minute details of the scheme like who will be the implementing agency, By when states and U &T are required to complete the target still you can solve the question by using common-sense. The full form of Saubhagya scheme is Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana, now as the name suggests it is definitely scheme for Household electrification and not village electrification. Village electrification is already being tackled by another scheme Deen Dayal gram jyoti Yojana. Why would Government launch another scheme with a same purpose? Thus once we eliminate statement 1 we will automatically get the answer using the elimination method without knowing the other 2 statements.

Q.2) The India Hypertension Management Initiative (IHMI) is collaborative project of which of the following organisation/ministry/government?

1. Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)

2. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW)

3. State Governments

4. World Health Organization (WHO)

Select the correct option using the codes given below.

a) 2, 3 and 4 only

b)  1, 2, 3 and 4

c) 1 and 4 only

d) 1, 2 and 3 only

Q.3) Consider the following statement regarding the ‘UNAIDS’:

1. It is a member of the United Nations Development Group.

2. It is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) Both 1 and 2

b) 1 only

c) 2 only

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q.4) With reference to the ‘Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).’, sometimes seen in news, consider the following statements:

1. It is a Sea Zone.

2. It is governed by State Governments.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) Neither 1 nor 2

c) Both 1 and 2

d) 2 only

Q.5) Which of the following statements regarding the ‘BRICS’ members is/are correct?

1. Only 3 members of the BRICS are members of the G-20.

2. Brazil was the last member to join the Association.

Select the correct option using the codes given below.

a) Neither 1 nor 2

b) 1 only

c) 2 only

d) Both are correct

Q.6) How do you distinguish between kuchipudi and bharatnatyam dances?

1. Dancers occasionally speaking dialogues i found in kuchipudi dance but not in bharatnatyam.

2 . Dancing on the brass plate by keeping the feet on its edges is a feature of bharatnatyam but have such a form of movements.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) both 1 and 2

d) neither 1 nor 2

Q.7) Which of the following would include Foreign Direct Investment on India?

1. Subsidiaries of foreign companies in India

2. Majority foreign equity holding in Indian companies

3. Companies exclusively financed by foreign companies

4. Portfolio investment

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) 1, 2 , 3 and 4

b) 2 and 4 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3 only

Q.8) The Rowlatt act aimed at

a) compulsory economic support to war efforts

b) imprisonment without trial and summary procedures for trial

c) suppression of the khilafat movement

d) imposition of restrictions on freedom of the press


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2 Dec 2017 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions & [Tikdams]

Dear student,

One of these questions would have application of Tikdams. Tikdams are smart hacks which help you arrive at the right answer with basic knowledge. Broadly speaking, there are 2 types:

  1. Elimination Tikdams: Extrapolate your basic knowledge to eliminate options which appear out of context. Zero down on 2 choices and then mark the question as per your risk appetite
  2. Estimation Tikdams: Read the question well and work out the answer from within the options – Most of the times UPSC plays with words or embeds clues within the question. A smart aspirant figures them out!

With strong basics and regular practice, you will be able to arrive at a very robust Tikdam framework of your own. To know more, read about this technique here, IAS 2016 by Dr. V & Tikdams 


Q.1) Consider the following statement about Article 239AA:

1. Art. 239AA provides that the Union Territory of Delhi shall now be called the National Capital Territory of Delhi and its administrator shall be known as Lt. Governor.

2. The President shall make appointments to the Council of Ministers including the Chief Minister.

3. It creates a legislative assembly for Delhi which can make laws on all matters of the state list and concurrent list including land except Police and Public order.

Which of the following statement is/are correct?

a) 1 and 2

b) 2 and 3

c) All of the above

d) 1 and 3

Answer: (a)

Article 239AA creates a legislative assembly for Delhi which can make laws on the state list and concurrent list except on these matters: public order, land and police.

Tikdam:

Since DDA and MCD comes under the union Government (If you would have been following News, you must have come across news where Kejriwal is blaming Union Government for failures of MCD and DDA), therefore no way the delhi legislative assembly could have power to make laws on subject land. Once we eliminate statement 1 we will automatically get the answer by elimination method even without knowing other 2 statements.

Q.2) With reference to the NASA’s Fermi Space Telescope, recently seen in news, consider the following statements:

1. It is an X-ray telescope.

2. It helps in studying Dark Matter.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) Both 1 and 2

c) Neither 1 nor 2

d) 2 only

Q.3) With reference to the ‘Hot Jupiters’ which of the following statements is/are correct?

1. They are a class of exoplanets.

2. They have very long orbital period which is a same characteristic as Jupiter.

Select the correct option using the codes given below.

a) Both 1 and 2

b) 2 only

c) 1 only

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q.4) Consider the following:

Trade Agreements                                          Stages of Economic Integration

1. Customs Union:                                           Third Stage

2. Free Trade Agreement:                            First Stage

Which of the pairs given above is/are correctly matched ?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q.5) Which Indian company has recently signed an agreement for Gas-based power plant in Bangladesh, which represents the largest investment in Bangladesh’s energy sector?

a) Suzlon

b) Adani Power

c) Tata Power Company

d) Reliance Power

Q.6) Other than resistance to pests, what are the prospects for which genetically engineered plants have been created?

a) To enable them to withstand drought

b) To increase the nutritive value of the produce

c) To enable them to grow and do photosynthesis in spaceships and space stations

d) To increase their shelf life

Q.7) The most effective contribution made by Dadabhai Naoroji to the cause of Indian National Movement was that he

1. Exposed the economic exploitation of India by the British

2. Interpreted the ancient Indian texts stored

3. Stressed the need for eradication of all the social evils before anything else.

Which of the statements given above is/ are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

Q.8) With reference to Dhrupad, one of the major traditions of India that has been kept alive for centuries, which of the following statements are correct?

1. Dhrupad originated and developed in the Rajput kingdoms during the Mughal Period)

2. Dhrupad is primarily a devotional and spiritual music)

3. Dhrupad Alap users Sanskrit syllables from Mantras.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1, 2 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3


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